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UK: Protect children from alcohol misuse

Freitag 16. Dezember 2011 von htm

The health and social care provider Turning Point has said alcohol misuse within families is an escalating concern in its new report „Bottling it up: the next generation“. It says early screening and identification of families is needed urgently to prevent the ‘inter-generational cycle’ of alcohol misuse which blights the lives of children and undermines their life chances.

Up to 2.6 million children live with parents who drink at „hazardous“ levels and around 700,000 children are thought to live with dependent drinkers. As picked up in the Daily Express, pressure put on women to be „supermums“ was felt to be increasing alcohol use as a coping mechanism. Turning Point said more than 5,000 people who used their alcohol treatment services last year were parents.

The report says children of parents who misuse alcohol are more at risk of depression, anxiety and increased anger. Turning Point also highlighted JRF research which found that children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to get drunk themselves. Children living with drinking parents are also more likely to experiment at an early age with alcohol and drugs, increasing the risk of their own later life substance problems.

In the report Turning Point call on the Government to place a duty on Local Authorities to develop strategies that take into account the harms to family life and children’s development. They also advocate the development of services which are more family focused and home-based, better liaison between adult and children’s services, and more information available to help affected children. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 12/15/11)

Kategorie: Addiction, adults, Allgemein, Children, consumption, Education, Global, Health, Parents, societal effects, Treatment, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

New Guide Safeguards Children Affected By Substance Misuse, UK

Donnerstag 2. Juni 2011 von htm

A third of drug addicts or problem drinkers in treatment have childcare responsibilities and the lives of these children are much improved when providers and children’s services get together early on to ensure the whole family gets the support it may need.
A new practical guide issued today (Wednesday, 1st June) by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) says those responsible for drink and drug treatment must take a wider, more preventative approach, identifying early on when families need help as well as protecting children from neglect and harm. (Source: Medical News Today, 06/01/11)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Children, Global, Health, Parents, Prevention, societal effects, Treatment, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

An estimated 709,000 youths age 12 to 14 currently drink alcohol in the U.S.

Samstag 19. Februar 2011 von htm

– many get alcohol from family or home.
A new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that 5.9 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 14 drank alcohol in the past month and that the vast majority of them (93.4 percent) received their alcohol for free the last time they drank. About 317,000 (44.8 percent) 12 to 14 year olds who drank in the past month received their alcohol for free from their family or at home. This includes 15.7 percent (or an estimated 111,000) who were provided alcohol for free by their parents or guardians. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/17/11)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Availability, Children, consumption, Global, Legal Drinking Age, Parents, Research, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Parents and initiation of alcohol use by sixth graders

Samstag 6. Juni 2009 von htm

Association of parents‘ alcohol use and family interaction with the initiation of alcohol use by sixth graders: A preliminary study in Taiwan. The family is the main environment where children are socialized and learn individual behavior. Although previous studies have examined predictors of preadolescent first alcohol use, few studies have analyzed factors associated with alcohol use in children in a country with low alcohol consumption. The aim of this study was to investigate the initiation of alcohol use by sixth graders and determine family factors associated with first alcohol use. (Source: BMC Public Health, 6/4/09)

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